Due’s 1995 novel, her debut, follows Hilton, a Florida man beset by nightmares after his wife, a judge, begins receiving racist hate mail. Hilton believes there might be darker forces at play. A critic for Kirkus called the novel “neatly plotted and smoothly told, with an ending that avoids concrete explanations about Hilton’s mental state.”
Actor Roberts and producer Preiss launched Belletrist in 2017 and announced a partnership with the online community BookClub in July. In a clip from an interview posted on BookClub’s Twitter account, the two longtime friends talked to Due about her novel.
What would you do if you were haunted by your near-death experience?— BookClub (@bookclubdotcom) October 5, 2021
Join @RobertsEmma and @Karahpreiss for an evocative discussion about The Between with author @TananariveDue, now on BookClub at https://t.co/xy3OIz5WFg. #blackhorror #bookclubapp #belletristbookclub pic.twitter.com/5ynltbxRrO
Preiss asked Due what drew her to the horror genre.
“My late mother was the first horror lover, and I grew up hearing stories of civil rights activists,” Due said. “You have to understand, until I wrote The Between, I was still even writing White characters. We can either be beaten down and lie down in the fetal position when we’re scared, or we can fight.”
Previous selections for the Belletrist book club have included Lisa Taddeo’s Animal and Meredith Westgate’s The Shimmering State.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.